Lobsters, Traffic, and Date Night

I hope by now you’ve come to the realization that I do love food. I also love wine, and travel. And, sometimes – not always – I must concoct little lies about my spending habits when it comes to food. Two years ago, you would have never caught me spending more than $30 on myself for a meal. But these days, if my stomach demands it my wallet will pay for it. It must be the Asian in me that nags and scoffs at the idea of wasting all my money on food that will eventually flow to the sea… if you know what I mean.

Three months ago, I craved lobster. No matter what I did, I could not satisfy this urge. Lobster ravioli, lobster soup, lobster dreams did not do it for me. But you know what did? Lobster in Garlic Sauce a la Chinese mode. Picture 2I’m talking about the kind where you roll up your sleeves, crunch the crustacean shells with your teeth, shove morsels of seafood in your mouth and lick your fingers clean. This is serious business! Should you intend to eat this with silver utensils, there’s a high probability that you will still be working on your first chunk while others lick the plate clean. You see, this lobster is chopped up into pieces, stir-fried with loads of garlic, green onions and other flavorful sauces. It’s addicting and reminds me of a good Rubik’s cube game, except you get yummy food in your tummy. My friend Alice and I enjoyed this fine dish at the Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel, along with a side of veggies and fried tofu.

We split about $100 worth of food and a mother load of lobster. I was in heaven, I kid you not. The service was okay, but I’d definitely go back for the food in a heartbeat. I heart lobster!

Sometimes Alice and I do double dates with our significant others. We honestly try, but in this day and age it seems to be difficult to meet up for dinner during a work week due to traffic, geographical distances or whatever lame excuse we come up with. Matt and I had planned to meet with Alice and Patrick for dinner last Wednesday at Din Tai Fung in Arcadia, but a business meeting had me all the way out in Santa Monica. The commute from Santa Monica to Arcadia on a Wednesday at 6pm can roughly take up to 1 hour and 50 mins in traffic. I wish I was joking, but I kid you not.

What I find works better with our schedules is if I host dinner at home, order in and open a bottle of wine. We might not get anything fancy other than Chinese food (which sometimes has MSG, yuck!), but it does help that we can take our time and feel comfortable in our home. Cheers!

Photo Credit: The cute kitty in the lobster photo was taken by GrumpySnickles from Flickr.

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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